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This is a story which I'm feeling worth to write, at-least for my own pleasure. 

I encountered this shabby attired, elderly looking man today out on the street while I was sitting by the side of the road on a side walk. He came, put his bicycle on stand and sat beside me. I was beheld by his bicycle which was in state of severe disrepair which also bore multiple cardboard papers stating the places he visited, the distance he bicycled and his ideology 'single mind'. I failed to appreciate the meaning of the writings on the erected paper boards on his bicycle.Having seen my camera, he asked me, "Would you like to photograph me?" I was surprised to hear a person who seems to be a unfortunate sad Indian national speaking well accentuated English. "Definitely Sir" I replied. But before I could pull out my camera he started speaking promptly. "I am 56 and I have bicycled 4500 kilometers in the last 8 months," he said. He started speaking enthusiastically about the need of 'Single Mind' and about the ostensible truth, 'The Sun', which is the only truth as far as he knows. "At every dawn I wish him (Sun) good morning and greets him good evening at dusk!" he continued.
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He calls himself Surya and at crossroads of state boundaries 'Ekka Thakhur'... I realised the man is not having a stable state of mind, but I lent my ears to him because I felt he had some points (I might be equally unstable at head). "Why should one have more than one mind? Why should a person focus all his mind and might to multiples issues of life?" he asked. "One need not be in a single place under the sky, earth is to explore. I want breathe the air from all places, I want to drink water of all places, I want to feel the all the winds, I want to touch trees, possibly all of them, I want to bathe at all sea shores and I know for a reason that all this could be the same, but you can't deny me the freedom to do so," he told be upon me asking him what he is up-to.He narrated me about the hardships he encounters while cycling, the places he slept, the people whom he met and lot more. Looking at my bike he made a snide remark," You seem to be enjoying life with all comforts but how long will your mind be at peace?" to which I replied "I am not sure Sir". He smiled, stared deep into my eyes... "Now picture me, I have to leave I'm getting late" he continued. I clicked him and before leaving he asked for money. I gave him 18 Rupees which had in the four pockets of my jeans. He swung on to the bicycle and moved away...

by Rosa Harris

 You are in a store and you go over by one item at the register. The cashier takes it off and then accidentally bags it up with everything else. As you go to put you things in the cart you realize you have the item you have not paid for.

What do you do?

The most common ‘communist’ viewpoint on what one should do next is say nothing as long as it is not a mom and pop since corporations are very exploitative and they deserve the loss. Some even claim that if they make off with such a thing that they have ‘liberated’ it.

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Image above from the opening days of the Maoist revolutionary attempt in Peru. Young peasant fighters led by the Communist Party of Peru (Shining Path).

by MIKE ELY

In the nearby No Cheap Shots thread, John initiated an important issue. He writes:

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by MIKE ELY

We have been engaged over the last period in a series of exchanges with forces who hold very different views from us. Which is fine. And we (in Kasama) are also engaged in some protracted and detailed discussions over how to expand our basis of unity -- and what to uphold.

For both of those purposes it is worth discussing method:

  • How should we debate?
  • What methods serve the goals of clarity and unity around a revolutionary politics?
  • How should we respond when opponents distort arguments or inject toxic forms of hostility?
  • What is our purpose when engaging in deep discussion of controversies?

I want to argue for (what Maoists call) the high plane of two line struggle

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